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Favorite Fish Chowder

Economics had a lot to do with what we ate when I was growing up in New Hampshire during the Depression. Money may have been scarce, but fish was plentiful and affordable, so that's how we began eating this fish chowder. When meat rationing came along in World War II, fish chowder again became a staple in our household. —Fran Gustafson, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (4 quarts)


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 pounds cod fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter. Add water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes; cook for 10 minutes. Add fish and lemon juice; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add milk, evaporated milk, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 192 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 496mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • mmchuber
    Feb 17, 2018

    Very good! Made for a Lenten church supper. Quite popular. Added 2 teaspoons Old Bay and a can of clams with juice.

  • JGa2595176
    Feb 27, 2015

    Made for Friday night dinner for my family, and we all very much enjoyed. Husband had FOUR bowls! I didn't tell the kids (ages 3 and 7) that they were eating cod, and they ate every drop. I didn't change or add anything to the recipe and was delicious as is. Reminded me of the chowders we had in Cape Cod as a kid. Will add to our normal rotation.

  • ashleybabycat
    Feb 20, 2015

    This recipe is too bland and not thick enough. I cooked some bacon until crisp and set aside. I used the bacon drippings to saute the onion, diced carrots can of diced potatoes and a half bag of broccoli. I added 4 cups of chicken broth and simmered until carrots and broccoli were tender. I added 2 lbs. of cod in pieces. I added 2 cups of half and half and 4 tbls. of flour to thicken. Corn starch could also be used, Seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and thyme. Added chopped bacon. Delicious!!!!

  • maryjanehalbert
    Jan 28, 2015

    This is the very best ever. My family and friends loved it! So do I!!!

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    Apr 16, 2014


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  • Bleugerman
    Feb 15, 2014

    Great chowder. I added 1 can clams and Old Bay seasoning. I also roughly grated 1/2 a carrot and added for some color.

  • lisa53202
    Dec 26, 2013

    I made half the recipe for my husband and me, and we ate every last drop for supper--oink. I substituted half of the water with clam juice, and I used a combination of milk and half & half because that was what I had. Very good!

  • leogking
    Dec 23, 2013

    finally a recipe for fish chowder the way i grew up on,no thickening it like wallpaper paste,just we only used canned milk because it gave it a better taste.only thing differant is we had common crackers to float on top of our chowder[too expensive now adays]

  • jesboc
    May 7, 2013

    Outstanding made exactly as directed